Cities: How They Grow (Second Edition)
A CITY IS DEFINED & AN ATTEMPT IS MADE TO SHOW THAT IT CONSISTS OF 2 KINDS OF PEOPLE - "BUILDERS" & "FILLERS". ASPECTS OF GREAT CITIES SHOWN; WHY CITIES DIE & ARE KNOWN AS "GHOST TOWNS".
Many stock shots that need to be logged.
21:01:26:29 1950s urban people crossing street, camera pans from people up high-rise building, probably in New York City.
21:01:50:05 High-angle 1950s cars on highway driving away from camera toward big city in distance.
21:02:19:26 VS covered wagons; river boat with two large smokestacks producing trails of black smoke.
21:03:03:04 Antique head saw at old-fashioned sawmill cutting log in two.
21:03:14:08 Pan up large pipes of 1940s to 1950s oil refinery; VS steel mill.
21:03:41:05 Great shot of large cattle farm; sheep herded into livestock transportation train car.
21:04:18:24 VS workers, men and women, working in cotton mill; machines spooling cotton yarn; CU machinery.
21:04:36:24 Reenactment of immigrants around 1900 waiting to be examined at an immigration entrance facility; MS doctor holding stethoscope examines the eyes of an immigrant wearing hat with shabby beard.
21:04:45:24 CU harvester combine tractor plowing through field of grain.
21:05:04:17 CU freight train pulls away from camera, train produced enormous cloud of smoke.
21:05:11:21 Low-angle LS the White House, backs of family and older couple with backs toward camera walking toward the White House; map highlights features of Washington D.C. city planning, the wheel and spoke design.
21:06:30:18 Aerial of highway in New York City metropolitan area.
21:06:35:09 Great high-angle shot large crowd of 1940s men circled around watching an extremely violent street fight.
21:06:39:07 Street scene in poor New York City neighborhood; kids playing in the street, mothers and young girls watching over babies in strollers; great shot of poor New York City brick buildings, clotheslines hanging over fire escapes, woman standing on fire escape taking clothes off clothesline.
21:06:44:22 Aerial Manhattan in 1940s; VS street level crowded New York City streets in late 1940s.
21:07:01:02 4 New York City street kids hanging out in back alley, one smoking a cigarette while the others play cards.
21:07:07:06 LS area of heavy industry, numerous smokestacks, extremely polluted smoke-filled air, train crosses frame in foreground.
21:07:13:10 Police officer writes a ticket to a man in a 1940s car.
21:07:18:22 VS voting poll in 1940s; shot shows White men, women, and an African-American man entering poll booths to vote.
21:07:29:23 Hoover Dam.
21:07:41:05 Generators in 1940s power plant; pan from electricity substation’s transmission lines, along power cables transmission tower, cut to telephone line; CU disembodied arms of female telegrapher, typing out telegraph.
21:08:06:21 Engineers working on 1940s United Airlines plane on runway; United Airlines plane taking off runway.
21:08:24:00 1940s construction workers putting up wood frame of wall in house in long row of houses under construction in suburban housing development; cut to lush upscale suburban neighborhood with no road, only sidewalk cutting between houses.
21:08:35:01 Pan up art deco skyscraper, probably the RCA building (now the GE building) in Rockefeller Center, mid-town Manhattan, New York City.
21:08:42:28 Great shot construction worker tosses glowing hot nail to skyscraper construction worker; CU glowing nail hammers into steel beam; two construction workers precariously perched on steel beam of skyscraper frame, one man drills into steel beam.
21:08:54:00 Great shot highway in 1940s.
21:08:59:10 Three 1940s girls playing jump rope in park.
21:09:06:09 Great LS Queensborough bridge.
21:09:19:04 Two 1940s women walk out of a “Free Public Library.”
21:09:21:29 MS 1940s woman working at desk in large office stamping papers.
21:09:28:17 Front of movie theatre in 1940s.
21:09:33:06 CU disembodied musician’ hand pressing notes on fingerboard of violin.
21:09:37:24 Great shot man and woman doing rehearsing ballet dance routine.
In collaboration with Robert S. Lynd, Ph.D., Columbia University.
Subject: Cities are nice places to live!
Nice overview of what makes a city grow (using easy to follow maps) and the consquences of having a city grow too fast (featuring a great mob fight scene). The film seems actually quite balanced, which is nice for a change as usually films like this are preoccupied with urban sprawl. Mind you this is probably the mid 50's we're talking about though, and some of the major problems had yet to rear it's ugly head. But still this seemed to have a nice rosy hopeful end.
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